March 13, 2017: Afghan Ambassador to the United States Hamdullah Mohib inaugurated first annual conference “Central Asia and South Asia (CASA) Week” at the University of Nebraska while on a visit at the University’s Center for Afghanistan Studies.
Ambassador Mohib said the conference is not just about Afghanistan but an opportunity to talk about challenges and opportunities in the entire region as it involves means of achieving peace and stability. He also highlighted the important work the Center for Afghanistan studies is doing in providing resources for scholars and those interested about Afghanistan as well is its partnership with Kabul University and other institutions.
Ambassador Mohib said even at times when limited information was available on Afghanistan and not everyone was interested, particularly during the Taliban regime, the Center continued to be a reliable source of information about people, culture and geography of Afghanistan. He added “Many Americans are unaware that the United States and Afghanistan have a long and deep history of friendship and cooperation that started decades before 2001.”
Ambassador Mohib said that transforming Afghanistan from a cul-de-sac to a regional roundabout is one of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s top priorities, adding that “it’s very important for us to attend such events and learn more and promote culture and history of our region.”
During the visit, Ambassador Mohib also met with John Christensen, University of Nebraska Chancellor, and members of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University.
The Center for Afghanistan Studies has number of ongoing educational projects in Afghanistan to provide technical capacity support to educational institutions. The Center has preserved more than 23,000 collections related to Afghanistan.